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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for 'Rogers City-Third & Erie Beautification' Project

$50,000 Goal to Win Matching Grant Through MEDC and MSHDA's Public Space Community Places Initiative

LANSING, Mich. – Downtown Rogers City will soon have an enhanced welcome space in the heart of the district business with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Rogers City announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by February 1, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit:

“This project was a great fit for Public Spaces, Community Places because its adds communal value to a generally underutilized space,” said MEDC Community Development Director Katharine Czarnecki. “We are glad to partner on and resource this revitalization effort.”

Funding raised during this campaign will support the project in transforming the underutilized parking area at the intersection of Third and Erie in downtown Rogers City. The new space will serve to welcome visitors to Rogers City and provide a sense of the town’s nautical history. The project will include the addition of guided walkways, welcome signs, historically preserved pieces, landscaping, seating, and other amenities to complete the gathering space. Located at the center of Rogers City, this enhanced space will serve to give visitors and residents an idea of what the town has to offer and also connect to the central business district.

“This is an exciting project that will beautify our downtown while celebrating our unique nautical history,” said Rogers City Manager Joseph Hefele. “None of it would be possible without the generosity and enthusiastic spirit of this community and the wonderful folks at MEDC and MSHDA, who have stood behind the project and agreed to match every dollar we raise locally with grant dollars through the Public Spaces, Community Places program.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, MSHDA, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity where local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, non-profits and other business entities can apply at

“Many communities have strip malls and parking lots that are ripe for redevelopment and the effort in Rogers City is an excellent example of turning this type of area into a point of pride,” said Dan Gilmartin, Michigan Municipal League CEO and executive director. “We hope the community supports this crowdfunding initiative and help make this space a welcoming destination for years to come.”

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check, where more than 94,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at




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